How to Become an Organ Donor
Many people around the world and in South Africa have lost the capability of living a meaningful life because they are dreadfully ill, and the hope and joy of life hangs in the balance. Organ transplants bring hope to such people, and in fact many lives are saved because of the wonderful gestures made by the organ donor. The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose aim it is to address the terrible shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa. They do this through awareness- and education campaigns and programmes.
Become an Organ Donor – Who can be a Donor?
Anyone in South African can be a donor if they are under the age of 70 and they are in good health. Having said that, if you do have a medical condition, it doesn’t necessarily prevent you from becoming an organ donor, and the decision about what which organ will be transplanted will be established at your time of death. Organs and tissue are removed as soon as possible after brain death. This is to ensure a successful transplantation. People under the age of 18 can also be a donor but they will need permission from their parents.
Become an Organ Donor – Healthy Organs are a Priceless Gift
Organ donation in South Africa is regarded as a ‘gift of life’ and the buying and selling of body organs is an illegal trade. There are quite a number of people who stipulate that after death, they will make their organs available to someone in need. Organ transplants can be undertaken in public and private hospitals. With a transplant, when it isn’t between family members, confidentiality is always maintained and the patient won’t know who the donor was.
Become an Organ Donor – The Long Waiting List often Results in Death
The waiting lists are long for people waiting for a kidney, liver, heart, skin, bone marrow, lungs and even corneas. Unfortunately it is a sad state of affairs that many patients die while waiting. People die quicker than the organs become available. It is mind boggling when you realise that just one donor can save the lives of several people. Do you want to become an organ donor and give someone a second chance at life? You’ll have lots of questions you want answered, so you can phone the Organ Donor Info Line on 0800 22 66 11for advice and assistance. You can also register online at odf.org.za.
Become an Organ Donor – Organ Donation isn’t a ‘Death Thing’
Many people believe that one can only become an organ donor when you die, but in fact there are people who can offer the gift of a kidney for instance while they are still alive. This often happen between relatives simply because the blood groups and tissue types are more likely to be compatible.
Become an Organ Donor – There are No costs Involved for Donating an Organ
There are no pay-outs for people who are looking to become an organ donor. The hospital or the state will cover all expenses of hospitalisation, medication and for the removal of organs.
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